Watch Tesla Roadster’s special steering wheel in action

Tesla’s next-gen Roadster prototype had an outing this week and it gave us a rare look at the electric hypercar’s special steering wheel in action. more…


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Tesla has a design for an electric submarine car, but don’t hold your breath

Elon Musk revealed that Tesla has a design for an electric submarine or amphibious car, but it doesn’t sound like it’s something that they plan on bringing to market. more…


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Indianapolis buses to use wireless inductive charging

EV charging company Momentum Dynamics has partnered with BYD and Indianapolis Public Transportation (IndyGo) to install three 300 kW inductive charging points in Indianapolis.

The charging points will be placed along the Red Line transit route, enabling IndyGo’s fleet of 31 electric buses to charge en route.

Momentum Dynamic
currently operates wireless inductive chargers in four states. According to the
company, the IndyGo system is the highest capacity system of its kind in the
world.

IndyGo CEO Mike Terry said, “IndyGo is focused on embracing innovations that improve service reliability, reduce carbon emissions, and increase operational efficiency. The partnership between BYD and Momentum Dynamics to install a wireless inductive charging solution promises to extend the range of BYD buses on the Red Line.”

Momentum Dynamics CEO and founder Andrew Daga said, “We are moving toward an electric transportation future, and Indianapolis is leading the pack both nationally and globally. As public transit agencies transition fleets to electric vehicles, they see substantial economic and environmental benefits with on-route wireless charging technology.”

Source: BYD


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Tesla will soon have a 400-mile electric car and you don’t need it

Elon Musk announced today that due to steady improvements in battery technology, “it will not be long” before Tesla will have new versions of its electric cars with a range of 400 miles on a single charge.

It’s a great achievement, but you probably don’t need it. more…


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Tesla Model 3 and Model Y go fully vegan next year

A while back, Tesla shifted all of their seat options to “Tesla Synthetic Material” which is not animal sourced, and therefore vegan.  But there’s still one non-vegan material in Teslas: the steering wheel.

While it’s possible for customers to order a car with a custom vegan steering wheel, this is an off-menu item and Teslas do not come standard with it.  Vegan customers often don’t know about this option, and will end up driving a car with a leather steering wheel because of it.  Some don’t mind, but some do.  And today, Tesla announced that the Model Y and Model 3 will both be entirely vegan, including the steering wheel, next year.

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Tesla looks to launch human-driven Uber/Lyft competitor before robotaxi rollout

One of Tesla’s future plans is to roll out a network of self-driving “robotaxis,” dubbed “Tesla Network.”  In today’s Tesla shareholder meeting, CEO Elon Musk fielded a question from a shareholder about the possibility of having a human-driven rideshare fleet prior to the rollout of Tesla Network.

This would be similar to Uber/Lyft or other rideshare services, but driven through an owner’s own Tesla app which they already have installed.

Musk seemed responsive to the idea, stating that while the end goal is to have autonomous ridesharing, this might be a good stopgap prior to Tesla gaining regulatory approval for their robotaxi fleets.

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Elon Musk updates Tesla pickup and semi truck timelines

During Tesla’s 2019 Shareholders Meeting, Elon Musk gave a slight update to the timelines for the Tesla pickup truck and Tesla Semi truck. more…


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